A single hop experiment can be fun. When you are looking for a great brew to make over and over again, you have to have a good recipe. You also want to have a little variety in hops so you can have some fun too. So, this beckoned my Zombie Level 8 Series. I enjoyed Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, so I formulated a recipe that is homage to it. The great thing about about this is that it allows the hops to shine. Why level 8 you ask? 8 ounces of hops in each batch.
Dumping an infected batch. You don’t want to keep that around. So when do you cut ties and dump a batch? How about on day four after brewing? It was a rough choice, but I had to do it. I had to drain pour some bottles in the past, but a whole fermenter during the first stages is a new one for me.
A new year starts, and New Beers Resolutions are made. So I am horrible. I can’t believe so much time has passed since my last post. I have some reviews to post, I have some beer related turkey posts, I have some recipe stuff, oh man oh man.
So I think since it has been 2 years since I made them, it is time for some New Beers Resolutions.
- POST MORE! I shouldn’t have let so much time go by. Holy cow…..it got away from me.
- BREW MORE!I should never have an empty kegerator. I should always have keg ready to tap.
- Continue my one hop zombie series. I have had a few beers made with the same base recipe and changed up the hops. I have some feedback coming soon on this.
- Hack away! Keep trying different equipment hacks to see what works and what doesn’t. I would love to help others through my mistakes and victories!
What’s on tap: Growler Bro review, Murmation Malt review, Brew In A Bag review, Cereal Crusher review, smoked homebrew brined turkey update, smoked pumpkin imperial stout experience, chatting with pro brewers, and much more! Stay tuned!
One sponsor of this website is the Bouncer Beer Filter. I have done some reviews for Doug and Tim for a little while now. I can say that I truly enjoy their products. They are open to feedback. I have always corresponded via instant messages or by email. I now know… it’s official, Tim and Doug are real, and they are not like Milli Vanilli! They are who they say they are; beer guys with some awesome homebrewing products. Meeting them in person was a blast!
So, in the daytime job, I am a teacher. It is not often that we get to travel for “work” . So, when the Beer God smiles, it is time to drink! I had a unique opportunity that sent me to a conference in Wilmington NC. Can you guess who is there? Yep, Tim and Doug from Bouncer, and they call this their hometown area. So I scheduled a meetup with the guys at their go to drinking hole, the Wilmington Brewing Company. A Sunday afternoon meeting for shenanigans and business discussions sounded perfect! We talked about current product offerings and a few things in the works.
Smoked homebrew brined turkey, a gift from the gods! My turkey cooking has been evolving over the years now….this year to include the smoker! I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 brew that I had. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie stout for some nice malty flavors in the turkey. Oh, don’t forget that it is bacon wrapped and using a maple bourbon glaze! Let’s look at how this goes together to make a feast fit for a king.
The Homebrew Brine
First, I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 as the base of the homebrew brine. Continue reading
Wait, did you say Bouncer Promo for the readers of this site? YEP!
So I got a great email today from Tim, one of the guys at Bouncer. He stated it was time for you guys to get a deal!
Happy February! Hey how about a BOUNCER promo for your readers? You can let your followers know that, starting today, they can get the following deals at Amazon:
Now, you know I love the Bouncer and Bouncer MD, see the review here, and the Boil Bro helped me save a batch of cider, as I talked about here, so this to me looks like a great deal! You could use the savings to score some extra ingredients for the next brew!
I use my Bouncer and the Mac Daddy every time I brew. It is great that they have decided to offer this out to you guys too!
So it is that time of year, when you are looking to find some gifts or holiday stocking stuffers for the homebrewers in your life. Here is a list of some great ideas that any homebrewer would like, or wouldn’t care if they got more of!
- Bouncer Inline Filter – I can’t say enough about these. I love them! I have both sizes for my brewing setup. There are different guage screens for more filtering options. I can’t wait to hack out my Mac Daddy to see other way I can push the limits of homebrewing with!
- PBW Cleaner – Cleaning and sanitation are always something that homebrewers need to do. This gift may not be the sexiest and exciting, but this would open up the brewing budget to later get something fun instead of needed!
- Refractometer – The thing of finding out your abv levels of your beer is the fact that you need to waste beer to find out how wasted it could get you (see what I did there?). The refractometer is a great addition that means you need just a few drops to test the levels of your beer rather than a bunch of ounces.
- Spray bottle – This is just a nice little addition that I learned about by reading homebrewfinds.com . I love the handiness of sanitizer for spraying things down in a jiffy. Why waste a bunch of sanitizer with just pouring it out, spraying things down is just as effective. I even use it sometimes when I am running my smoker and using the thermometer on uncooked meat.
- Boil Bro – This is the new product from the guys who brought us the Bouncer. It is awesome. A large placemat to help you organize your brew day, take notes, and even carry a bunch of stuff easily. Take a pic of your notes before you clean it off, and you have a great way to chronicle what happened during your brew day. I have a review of it coming soon.
- Digital Scale – Measuring hops, dextrose, or anything else is a great thing. The more precise you become, the better your beer gets. This will help you replicate your successes!
- Growler – Who doesn’t want a fancy metal growler to bring their homebrew to a buddy’s house? I have a few, since I sometime give them to people to borrow…for some reason they always return empty… I have done some reviews of a few.
There you have it. A few things to help fill out your holiday shopping for your favorite homebrewer!
So Adventures in Homebrewing Beer has a new sponsor! Bouncer has agreed to sponsor the site. As a result, look for more “trials” of the filter that I reviewed very early on in their product history. I am in the works of a project that will hack the Bouncer MD into a whole new world – keep you eyes open!
Not sure what the Bouncer Inline Beer Filter is? Head over to their website HERE. Looking for what I have said about the Bouncer in the past? Check out my original post here and my review of the new filter.
So it has been a busy place around here. I have a bunch of posts to catch up on. Today, I made a new treat. I made some chocolate chip cookies with spent grains. These are much different from the last bunch of beer cookies that I made. I was working with a 1 gallon kit that I was reviewing, and it had some grains. I just got the latest edition of Zymurgy, and there was a recipe right near the front….so I had to make some spent grain cookies!
After my review of the Bouncer beer inline filter, a comment popped in from a reader. I noticed a cool website address attached to it…so I decided to investigate a little bit. I got totally hooked! Here was a guy who is in my state, and doing a hopyard! So, I decided to contact him. Jeff Stannard of Stone Hard Hopyard was kind enough to respond. His website, starterhops.com is all about hops. So let’s get to know him a bit!
Hey Jeff – Thanks for agreeing to an interview!